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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Art of Time Ensemble announces 2014/15 Concert Series


Art of Time Ensemble unveils
2014/15 concert series

 
Collaborations include performances by Brent Carver,
Margaret Atwood, James Kudelka, Margo and Mike Timmins,
Thom Allison, Sarah Slean, Kevin Hearn, Peggy Baker,
Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie
 and many more
 
Toronto, ON – Toronto’s ground-breaking Art of Time Ensemble explores the intersection of high art, performance and popular culture with their 2014/15 concert series showcasing four innovative programmes curated by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko. Music drives the upcoming series, connecting poetry, musical theatre, alt rock/pop, dance and more.

The 2014/15 season features some of Canada’s most talented artists performing alongside Ensemble musicians including Andrew BurashkoBenjamin BowmanJohn Johnsonand Rob Piltch. Highlighted collaborations include unique performances with Margaret AtwoodBrent CarverCarla Huhtanen, Thom AllisonKevin HearnSarah Slean,Peggy BakerJames KudelkaMargo and Mike TimminsGregory Hoskins, andColeman Lemieux & Compagnie, among many other musicians and artists. All performances will take place at the Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay W.).

One of the privileges of putting together a season for Art of Time Ensemble is the extraordinarily deep well of content from which we can draw,” said Burashko. “We’re as keen to use the word ‘entertaining’ as we are to use ‘enlightening’ in describing the upcoming season. We’re proud to bring together this diverse group of artists. In each programme, audience members will be able to share a rare live musical experience with some of Canada’s most creative minds, all within a truly intimate setting.

As part of the 2014/15 Concert Series, Art of Time Ensemble introduces a series of free membership perks to extend the benefits of a subscription including free downloadable songs, limited-edition t-shirts, complimentary food and beverages, and meet-the-artist cocktail receptions. Also newly introduced this season are Thursday evening performances of select concerts.

Art of Time Ensemble’s 2014/15 concert series:   
                                     

The Poem/The Song: Nov. 7 to 8, 2014

The season opens with The Poem/The Song, a program that presents poetry in a variety of musical settings. Highlights include Margaret Atwood reading her poetry accompanied by a new musical suite based on her work; music by Liszt alongside 14th century sonnets by Petrach; the poetry of Walt Whitman in a setting by George Crumb performed byCarla Huhtanen; songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats (based on the poetry of T.S. Elliot) performed by Thom Allison; and the marriage of poetry and music in the work ofLeonard Cohen brought to life by Gregory Hoskins and the Ensemble musicians.

Magic and Loss: A Tribute to Lou Reed: Feb. 27 to 28, 2015

Seven singers are set to perform this retrospective on the career of the artist who drafted the blueprint for alternative rock music in the 20th century. Magic and Loss: A Tribute to Lou Reed brings together some of Canada’s best musicians in new arrangements of some of Reed’s greatest songs created especially for this concert. The lineup of singers will include Canadian pop icons Margo and Mike TimminsTom WilsonKevin Hearn,Sarah SleanJohn Southworth and others (to be announced), bringing new life to classics such as Perfect DaySunday MorningWalk on the Wild Side, as well as lesser know gems such as Baton RougeCall on MeSad Song, and much more.

Intermezzi: Apr. 9 to 11, 2015

Art of Time Ensemble and Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie create Intermezzi, marryingBrahms’ intermezzi for solo piano with dance. A selection of Brahms’ final compositions characterized by introspection and emotional depth are opened to choreographic interpretation from two of Canada’s most renowned choreographers: James Kudelka andPeggy Baker. Featuring the world premiere of brand new work by Kudelka and a sample of Baker’s finest solo work, Intermezzi will also feature Buraskho who will be performing Brahms’ music live.

Songbook 8: Brent Carver: May 22 to 23, 2015

In Songbook 8: Brent Carver, one of Canada’s most versatile performers joins the ensemble on stage. Carver’s career has spanned the full range of performance possibilities, from Hamlet at the Stratford Festival to Molina in Kiss of the Spiderwoman on Broadway. The Tony Award-winner’s exceptional range is reflected in a program of many genres, including the American songbook, music of the 1960s, musical theatre and peut-être un peu de “nouvelle chanson”. Accompanied by a selection of Art of Time’s finest musicians, Brent will perform twelve songs arranged especially for this concert by a selection of the best composers and arrangers in Canada.

Box office information 

2014/15 Subscriptions are available exclusively to renewing subscribers from March 27 to April 13, with packages starting from just $66. Subscriptions will go on sale to the general public beginning on April 14, 2014, and single tickets for all shows will go on sale September 15, 2014.

All performances in the 2014/15 Art of Time Ensemble season take place at the intimate Enwave Theatre within Harbourfront Centre at 231 Queen’s Quay W., Toronto. Subscriptions may be purchased at artoftimeensemble.com, by phone at 416.973.4000 or in-person at the Enwave Theatre box office. Full details on each concert are available online atartoftimeensemble.com.

About Art of Time Ensemble: 
Art of Time Ensemble is the creation of renowned classical pianist and Artistic DirectorAndrew Burashko, formed in 1997. Aiming to go beyond rehashing basic classical repertoire, Burashko and Art of Time Ensemble have become known for their daring interaction with the Toronto cultural scene by merging classical music with pop, jazz, dance, theatre and spoken word. Entering its 16th season, Art of Time Ensemble is one of Canada’s most innovative and artistically accomplished music ensembles. With music as its inspiration, the company creates live art experiences of unsurpassed creativity and quality with the goal of attracting new audiences to the performing arts. Since its inception, Art of Time has steadily grown in reputation as an ensemble that undertakes and delivers programs that are at once thought-provoking and compelling. Committed to finding new ways of blending classical music with other musical styles and performance genres as well as other art forms, each program is uniquely different in theme and content.

Art of Time Ensemble is supported by: Season Title Sponsor Invesco and Season Title Patrons Eli and Phil Taylor, with Season Support from BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank and Manulife Financial, The George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, The Slaight Family Foundation and the Fleck Family Foundation. Corporate Support from The Telus Foundation, Stikeman Elliott LLP and Taylor Smith Architects. Piano Sponsor Robert Lowrey. Dining Discount Partner Watermark Irish Pub and Slice Card Sponsor Dufflet. Government support: Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts

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